Today’s mini mission
Declutter and rearrange the work bench and tool chest. ~ Most homes have a place to store the home maintenance gear. And typically whenÂ catering to home maintenance, hardware comes in multiples and these can mound up or not get put away properly when a task is complete. This area isnâ€™t too messy in our home, even though we have been doing lots of little DIYÂ tasks of late. But a little tidying and tweaking never goes astray.
This brings to light an area of our homes where we often cater for the “I might need it someday.” situation the most. Now I can’t give individual advice on what tools are most often used for all people. There are the obvious ones of course, screwdrivers, hammer, wrenches, pliers, basic drill and bits etc., but some people are handier than others so do much more home and vehicle maintenance.
What we as individuals have to figure out is what is useful often enough to us to justify the space takenÂ up in our homes. Outside of that I would suggest hiring or borrowing to suit your needs. The problem with this is that many tools are so inexpensive that we would rather have them on hand than have to go to the expense and/or inconvenience to acquire them through hiring or borrowing.
Since moving into our new apartment my husband and I have been doing more DIY stuff then we ever have before. As a result my husband often laments having decluttered some of our tools inÂ the past. When this occurs I remind him that we do not have the space to store them and this phase of extra DIY will likely pass and that there are always ways to improvise. And improvise we have. The issueÂ withÂ the endless varietyÂ of specialised tools out there, just like kitchen implements, is that owning them is very well and good if you are a handyman, chef or avid hobbyist, but for the average person all these specialist tools just end up being space wasters.
Similarly all those tiny bits and pieces that go along with home maintenance ~ screws, nails, dowels, washers, drill bits, drywall plugs, picture hooks… can begin to get out of hand very quickly. Even and especially if you only do a small amount of maintenance. This is because most hardware stores only carry these items in bulk. One of our readers mentioned last week how the Restore shop that she acquires these items fromÂ sells them individually ~ how great would that be? Unfortunately this uncommon so forÂ most people all I can suggest is to buy the smallest quantity in the most general size that you can get away with. Don’t get lured by the more economical bulk buy. Investigate all the hardware stores in your area to see who caters to this the best for your needs. And as mentioned above, share between friends and family.